The steeplechase is one of the toughest races in the global sport of athletics. For nearly fifty years, Kenya has put a stamp on this event, but in 2017, three athletes from three countries medaled. Evan Jager, the American Olympic silver medalist, chalenged Rio gold medalist Conselsus Kipruto and Moroccan steeple ace Soufianne Elbakkali, and he ran it until the final 300 meters. Elbakkali took the lead, with Kipruto grabbing the race in the final meters. Jager hit the final water pit barrier, got up and battled back into third.
A crazy race, and a relaxed presser. The steeplechase, like our sport, is a global event.